A native of Portland, Oregon, Robert went to a large public high school and experienced the challenges of navigating the college process with little guidance. Invigorated by the world of college admissions early in high school, Robert ultimately decided to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA—a highly selective liberal arts college. Whitman was a perfect fit. Following Whitman, Robert joined the Teach For America Corps in Houston, Texas. After two years in TFA, Robert received his M.Ed at Harvard University focusing on education policy and management. During his graduate school tenure, he advised Harvard undergraduate students and volunteered with the Breakthrough Collaborative helping guide students through the college process.
Following graduate school, Robert returned to Whitman College and served as assistant director of admission. His recruitment territories included Texas, the Midwest, and Portland. In this role, Robert recruited students and worked with them through the application process and ultimately served on the admission committee reading and selecting highly qualified students for competitive admission. In addition, he served as the athletic liaison for the admission office helping with the NCAA and recruitment process of talented athletes. The experience at Whitman provided Robert with the inside view of highly selective college admission and sparked his passion for working with students in finding their perfect college fit.
Robert joined The Kinkaid School as a dean in the upper school in 2013. In this role, Robert worked with 9th- through12th-grade students on academic and extra-curricular advising, social and emotional counseling and the entirety of the college process. In addition, he served on the admission committee and advised several clubs and organizations. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. In his free time, he volunteers with Memorial Park Conservancy’s Urban Wild program, with Child Advocates of Houston, and serves on the Houston Rodeo and Livestock committee. An active athlete, he is usually training for a triathlon or running with his chocolate labrador, Katy.